Our Programs

Art Kit Series
Process-Based Art Kit


In light of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Budding Artists has designed fun Process-Based Art Kits for families with young children between the ages of three and five. These free kits include art materials, a step-by-step instruction guide in English and Spanish to support our emergent bilingual community, and a link to our online resource materials. The online content includes:

  • instructional videos,

  • allow parents/guardians/learners to connect with our teaching artists,

  • and various social media engagement opportunities, among other resources.

We want to connect with you and create an even stronger community! We're all in this together.



Baby Art Kit


Budding Artists Education Advisor Dr. Kathy Danko-McGhee has designed these beautiful Baby Art Kits as a fun way to introduce art to your newborn through sensory stimulation for early brain growth and development.


This Baby Art Kit includes three original works of art, a related picture book (in English & Spanish), and additional sensory materials.

To purchase a Baby Art Kit, visit our online store. For every kit sold we donate a kit to a young mother in need.

To learn more about Dr. Danko-McGhee's work, visit http://www.firstencounters4babies.com 

The Exploration Program


This tuition-free program consists of a one-hour visual art workshop led by our teaching artist(s) once a week for 8 weeks. Our pedagogy is to implement an interdisciplinary creative teaching philosophy rooted in the Reggio Emilia approach. 


The Reggio Emilia approach is defined as a philosophy that values children as central to their own learning, able to pursue their own interests, and that they revisit and build upon ideas at their own pace. This perspective makes art a tool for creating meaning to help children build their ideas, thoughts, theories, and perspectives and to construct a new understanding of the subject.


Our teaching artists will create learning experiences, guiding the conversation to promote authentic thinking, inclusivity, creativity and problem-solving, which are all necessary, critical life skills needed in the STEAM

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) fields. Participants will expand their linguistic, social/emotional, cognitive, and physical development skills.


Our curriculum incorporates the National Core Arts Standards.  


Class sessions are offered in partnership with the City of Lynwood, Parks and Community Services department at the Lucy Avalos Community Center. 


Our program is designed for children between the ages of 3 through 5. 

The 2020 Summer Exploration Program has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adult Process-Based Art Workshop


This one-hour workshop walks Exploration Program parents and guardians through their child's weekly workshop experience. Additionally, program parents and guardians will be prepared with tools to continue the learning experience outside of our program.


Educators Sarah Tanberg and Dakota McMahand lead this workshop once a year at the Lucy Avalos Community Center during the Summer Exploration Program.

The 2020 Summer Adult Process-Based Art Workshop has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Adopt-A-Book Literacy Program


In partnership with the Tena Foundation, our Adopt-A-Book Literacy Program provides young people between the ages 3-17 with free new or gently used books to encourage creativity while promoting mental, emotional, and psychological development.


We distribute books year-around at public community events in the South Los Angeles area. This program was established to address Word Gap which adversely affects communities of color. 

Story Time


Story Time is our online series which features weekly book readings on Instagram TV during the month of May 2020. Story Time will conclude by distributing 100 new copies of Press Here by Herve Tullet in the City of Lynwood and City of Maywood on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. 

Gift of Play Project 


"Play is one of the most important ways in which children learn"

Jack Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Research suggests: 

  • Play is essential for healthy brain development;

  • Play reduces obesity and associated diseases;

  • Play helps children manage stress and even recover from trauma;

  • Play helps families bond;

  • Play contributes to academic skills.

Every year during the holiday season, Budding Artists donates toys to young children in the South and South East Los Angeles areas. We have given away over 60 new toys since the launch of the Gift of Play Project. 

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Budding Artists

Founded in 2018, Budding Artists serves the Los Angeles County community by providing under-resourced preschool children with transformative process-focused art experiences. 

© 2020 Budding Artists is a fiscally sponsored program of United Charitable, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity.​